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Raiders one win away from conference championship after a Wednesday night victory

The GRCC men's basketball team during their overtime, 85-81 win over the Glen Oaks Community College Vikings on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids. (Aaron Stoner/The Collegiate)

The MCCAA Western Conference leading Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team came into their game with Lake Michigan College Red Hawks Wednesday night winners of four straight and looking to extend the streak.

They picked up an 83-70 win on Monday over the Mid Michigan Lakers at home and kept it rolling into Wednesday. The Raiders demolished the Red Hawks 94-69 to earn their fifth straight win and get one step closer to clinching the conference championship.

Sophomore guard and team captain Sammie Ryans led the charge with a huge double-double. He had 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists just for good measure. Ryans wasn’t the only Raider in on the double-double action. Freshman Ike Kanu picked up one of his own with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman D’Avery Moore came off the bench and contributed 18 points of his own while freshman David Hearns added 11.

GRCC men’s head coach Luke Bronkema was excited to pick up another win and wants his team to keep their eyes on the prize.

“Big road W,” Bronkema said. “I’m proud of the guys for staying focused. We now need one more win to clinch a conference championship.”

Bronkema and his team are on the doorstep of something special, and his message to the team is a simple one. “Stay focussed, stay together,” he said.

The Raiders are now 13-2 in conference play and will host the Ancilla College Chargers on Saturday, Feb 23 in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. The Chargers are currently the second place team two games behind the Raiders in the conference. If the Raiders win, the conference is theirs.

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